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Durability and maintenance
Old 14th December 2019
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Durability and maintenance

- What did you consider in terms of durability and maintenance when designing and building the Super 6?

- What items inside are user-serviceable, if any?

- Did you include the ability for future hardware upgrades or expansions?

- Can it operate completely free of a computer, or are there items like advanced settings that require a connection?

- Is there, or will there be, a companion application?

Thank you!!
Old 17th December 2019
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Hi and thanks for your message.

I'll try to answer one by one!


- What did you consider in terms of durability and maintenance when designing and building the Super 6?
Lots, honestly!
Make all hardware items large. Largest body sliders, largest diameter pots, longest throw sliders, long throw large body switches.
Use "bomb proof" technology wherever possible. Use the oldest most robust and available parts possible, ie domed LEDs, 70's opamps, standard logic IC's, keep it as old school as possible unless technology is demanded (FPGA, CPU etc.)
Use technology and modern engineering to simplify the design wherever it does not compromise on sound, this is subtle but important
Make all parts as removable and replaceable as possible, minimise cabling and connectors

- What items inside are user-serviceable, if any?
We can't recommend user serviceable parts for safety and compliance reasons opening the case with live mains! However, there is a service manual and if nobody knew about it and for some reason in the future we were not around (god forbid) you would have little trouble swapping things like sliders, pots etc.

- Did you include the ability for future hardware upgrades or expansions?
The voice cards are on removeable cards and so these could be retrofitted!

- Can it operate completely free of a computer, or are there items like advanced settings that require a connection?
All standalone. Managing patches, sequences and waveforms (upload and download) requires a computer, but once they are on the synth, no computer is required.

- Is there, or will there be, a companion application?
You don't need a companion application for patch, sequence and waveform managament as the UDO has a disk drive type interface and you can simply use Mac/Windows Explorer etc. We may make an editor for DAW and we are deliberating on what form this will take. It won't be on release unfortunately.

-Thank you!!

Thanks You!
Old 17th December 2019
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Love it, thanks George!
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